BARAGA - Reuben J. Turpeinen, 90, of Baraga, passed away following an illness of several years on Tuesday, December 17, 2013, at Houghton County Medical Care Facility in Hancock.
He was born in Alston on March 17, 1923, the son of the late Henry and Ida (Holappa) Turpeinen. Reuben graduated from Baraga High School in 1941. He served in the US Army in WWII during the European Theater Battle of the Bulge.
Reuben married the former Thelma Pesonen in Pelkie on December 21, 1946. This would have been their 67th anniversary. He was employed as a heavy equipment operator at Lindberg and Son Construction Company in Ishpeming until his retirement. Reuben was a member of Alston Apostolic Church, the Alston VFW Post 7646 and a former Alston volunteer fireman. He was mechanically inclined and liked working on small engine repairs. Reuben loved his children and enjoyed spending time with them.
Mr. Turpeinen is survived by his loving wife, Thelma; children, John (Barbara) Turpeinen of Alston, Donald (Sandra) Turpeinen of Baraga, Barbara (Ken) Herkey of Buffalo, N.Y., Helen (Donald) Spear of Houghton, Diane (Greg) Besse of Gladstone, and Donna Turpeinen of L'Anse; grandchildren, Christopher, Justin, Jolie, John, Heidi, Nathan, Abby, Shawn, Jessica, Jamie, Joe, Renee, Rebecca, Melissa, Gabrielle, Cain, Mitch, and Klaire; several great grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild. Several nieces, nephews and other family members also survive.
He was preceded in death by his five brothers.
Funeral services for Mr. Turpeinen will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, December 21, 2013, in the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel in L'Anse with Pastor Jesse Aho officiating.
Spring interment will take place in the Alston Cemetery.
The family will greet friends in the funeral chapel on Saturday from 12 p.m. until the time of the funeral service.
Baraga County area veterans, under the direction of the Baraga American Legion Post 444 will conduct military honors at the funeral chapel on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. Following the funeral service; the family invites friends to join them for fellowship and a luncheon in the Harrington Gathering Room, located in the funeral chapel.
Mr. Turpeinen's obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at rfsc.net.
The Reid Funeral Service and Chapel in L'Anse has been entrusted with the arrangements.